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Sir Roger Bannister's spikes fetch £265,000 at auction

By Helen William

Published 11/09/2015

The running shoes worn by Sir Roger Bannister when he became the first man to break the four-minute mile have sold for £266,500 at auction
The running shoes worn by Sir Roger Bannister when he became the first man to break the four-minute mile have sold for £266,500 at auction

The running shoes worn by Sir Roger Bannister when he became the first man to break the four-minute mile have sold for £266,500 at auction.

Sir Roger clocked three minutes 59.4 seconds in the historic race at Iffley Road Track in Oxford on May 6, 1954 when he was a 25-year-old medical student.

Yesterday the thin leather running spikes which weigh just four-and-a-half ounces were snapped up by an anonymous buyer at Christie's in South Kensington, London. They were sold along with a letter signed by Sir Roger and a letter written by his friend Eustace Thomas commenting on their "lightness".

Kate Summers of Christie's described the shoes, made by Charles Law of GT Law and Son of Wimbledon Park, as "the symbol of not only a historic moment in sporting history, but demonstrate what humans can achieve with determination and persistence".

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